About Us


"To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success."


Henry J. Heinz


Cohab is a non-profit hub providing entrepreneurs at all levels the traction to achieve success.


We believe the pathway to a stronger community begins with empowering our home grown talent and keeping them rooted in North Louisiana.

Cohab is committed to transparency. Please click here to view our Guidestar Profile.
500 Clyde Fant, Suite 200
Shreveport, LA 71101

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Cohab's Board of Directors


Taylor Jamison

Strategic Action Council


Wendy Horton




Lauren Aldridge

Heard, McElroy, & Vestal



John Chidlow


Allison Shelton

Delish on Line


Everardo Recendiz


Holly Lawrence

Enterprise Computing Services 

Wendell Riley

LSU Shreveport

Turaeza Hose

Prep Cakes and MS KICK


Liz Swaine

Downtown Development Authority


David "Rocky" Rockett

Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation

Jim Malsch, Immediate Past Chairman

JRM Ventures

Cohab's Staff

Executive Director

Jessica Schiele

Jessica has been with Cohab since it launched in 2010. She has personally worked with each of the businesses that have come through Cohab to develop strategy and make local and national connections to help them gain traction and grow.

Jessica's backgroud is in TV news. She served as a local news producer in Baltimore and covered national news for the Hearst-Argyle group. She also served as a technology specialist for the Associated Press. This background is particularly useful in helping companies develop marketing strategies. She came to Cohab by way of a failed media startup, further strengthening her passion for helping new companies develop smart business practices early.

Communnity Leader

Jade Thornton

Jade, has been with Cohab since 2017. She began as a student going through Cohab's NewVenture course for her own beauty business. She enjoyed working with her fellow classmates on thei businesses so much that she changed her focus and joined the Cohab team officially in 2018. Jade continues to work for her own business even as she helps Cohab members grow theirs.This experience allows her to provide members with the realistic planning and applications necessary to make their businesses profitable and successful.

Jade has experienced the extraordinary benefits Cohab can provide to a small local business owner, and enjoys continuing that support for others.

Gold Level Supporters 

The Alta and John Franks Foundation

Caddo Parish

The City of Shreveport

The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Foundation

Louisiana Economic Development

The Shreveport Times

Silver Level Supporters

The Committee of 100

Douglas F. & Marion S. Attaway Foundation

Jim Malsch




Bronze Level Supporters

Origin Bank

Bluebird Broadband Services

ActionCOACH of Northwest Louisiana
Langley, Parks, Horton & Maxwell, LLC

Heard, McElroy & Vestal

500 Clyde Fant Parkway, STE 200

Shreveport, LA 71101




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